Page 2 of SUKSEL Travel Blog Posts

August 6th – Caribbean Coast Up early today – our room had A/C but it was still warm and brilliantly blue sky. Breakfast was good – the French owner even made scrambled eggs and brought out b lack pepper – great. Proper coffee too. A very nice stay and very cheap. If you think about it bed and breakfast – with swimming pool for about £16! We are reasonably close to where we are staying for the last 4 nights – so we drove along until we found it – but as we weren't due to be in until that afternoon we went past and along to the end of the road – Manzillo Beach – great beach, good swimming and snorkeling. We stayed for quite a while then picked up some shopping and by then ... read more
Back View

August 4th - Volcano Walk and Hot Springs! Lovely place but as we back onto the Jungle Canopy it sure was noisy! In the middle of the night it sounded like every Monkey in Costa Rica was having a party on our veranda! Then the howling started – and I mean howling... a bit like a cross between a very upset dog and a loud donkey. Eventually died down a bit and we went back to sleep – tired today though. We sat on the back Veranda first thing in the morning and watched the jungle monkeys moving about their business and a toucan on the tree next door (until a very upset Turkey type bird moved it on) and then went down to the restaurant for breakfast. Lovely breakfast – fresh fruit, scrambled eggs toast ... read more

Real Rain Forest Up bright and early – tremendous storm in the night – must have been inches of rain. But when we got up blue sky and clear. Breakfast was part of the “cash” deal so down we went. It was really really nice – including fresh fruit and fried breakfast which included Pino Gallo (rice and beans) and Fried Cheese – which was very nice – but should we have put it on bread? Spent quite a while in the restaurant as the WiFi was really strong so uploaded a blog and a considerable number of pictures. This one may have to wait until we next get internet access. We had a choice of “reserves” to visit – the Monteverde reserve is world famous but very busy. The St Elena reserve is a little ... read more
Help Me
Footie Skills

Souvenir Hunting Even though we are going North when we leave Tarcoles we are going inland a bit so we decided to drive up to Puntarenas which is the capital of this area. All the guide books say Puntarenas is not a particularly nice place – but the pictures I've seen of the front seem OK? Anyway we lurked in the pool for probably longer than we would normally – had breakfast and then drove off. Stopped for some petrol on the way – we filled the car for about £40 – it's about 80p a litre – quite a bit cheaper than the UK. This car even though big and powerful is reasonably economical particularly as the max speed on the roads seems to be around 50 miles an hour. The drive into Puntarenas was ... read more
Cruise Liner

Nice when we got up today - blue sky's temperature rising quickly to about 28 or 29C. Time to get in the pool! So before breakfast we were all in and cooled down. By 8 am. the local ISP engineer was ensconced in the house and on the phone talking to his mates - not looking good for WiFi in this property. They ended up taking the router away and as we needed to go out god knows if we'll ever see it again. Model is a Tenda doesn't fill me with any sort of confidence whatsoever - better spending a bit more and getting a Netgear. The phone had also packed up... This is Costa Rica people... We had decided that we would do one of the Canopy tours today so went to Villa Lapas ... read more
Villa Lapas
On Tractor

Wheres me monkey? Worked out that today was Saturday and we wanted to see some animals a bit bigger than frogs and parrots. Further down the coast is the Park National Manuel Antonio it's a bit of a drive about 50 miles each way but we think it will be worth it. Particulalry as we'll see lots of coastline as well. Popped in the pool before breakfast to cool down a bit even though it was actually reasonably pleasant – as soon as I got in the pool the dawn chorus of Scarlett Macaws passed over and landed in the tree outside. Got some good pictures – at one point must have been 10+ in the tree! Had a good breakfast – Ramon arrived to turn on the pool filters and we got away not long ... read more
Parka Manuel Antonio

Up reasonably early today and into the pool before breakfast. The Scarlett Macaws leave the National Park early in the morning and come down to the mangrove swamps by the sea. This means they fly past or in our case land in the tree outside – 5 giant parrots eating whatever was in the tree outside.and lobbing the rinds on the floor – it was like some scene out of a science fiction film. Particularly as I wanted to get close and take a picture and when I looked right I noticed a giant squirrel hanging from the electric cables. Stupid animal had decided to hold onto both cables – certainly curled it's hair! Great swim – more butterflies – everyone is different – I imagine this is what the UK was like before we killed ... read more
Silly Squirell

A Mummy went a Mowing Just as the day was breaking – large amounts of snoring was heard by Eleanor – which she likened to the sound of a large lawn mower... need I say more? Paid for the Holiday Inn in San Jose and then the car was delivered by a nice guy from National Rent a Car. Decided to take the GPS as the app on the iPad was rubbish. Nice car big 4x4 Toyota Prado – which easily took all our luggage and passengers. Not as nice as the Tank though J GPS directed out of San Jose – via a few back streets and then on a 60km road to almost our destination. Stopped off for some shoppingin a place called Ortina – at a biggish supermarket and then looked over the ... read more
Not the Pool
Poison Dart Tree Frog

Just as the day was dawning... Up bright and early after a great sleep about 6 ish which isn't bad for the second night and a 7 hour time difference. Catherine was already in the exec breakfast area chatting to a couple from Louisiana - who once they had declared themselves as democrats without any friends in Louisiana were interesting to talk too. It's a State I haven't been too and think it might be worth exploring particularly down on the Gulf Coast. A continental breakfast was available so we eat that had some great coffee and then headed out to do the walking tour of San Jose which is supposed to take about 2 hours but I think we could have done in about an hour. San Jose is not the most interesting city in ... read more

Getting an afternoon flight is sometimes a good thing. Packed the night before just had to get up and sort out the last few things before the Taxi came to pick us up at 10.30 am. Charlie's the Taxi company were bang on time as they always are and we had moved the bags down to the bottom of the garden so we cold be away quickly. Left Fred and Barney working on the new "shed". Be interesting to see how they've got on when we get back. Leaving from Terminal 4 was an absolute pleasure - checked in on line so just baggage drop. Wanted to be reasonably early as the plane was over booked and I didn't want them bumping us onto another flight. No queue to drop bags - yes that's right no ... read more
I'm not asleep

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